Today in Tech: Can Barnes & Noble really tackle Amazon?

January 30, 2012: 3:43 AM ET

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Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch.

* Once the "brutal capitalist" of booksellers, Barnes & Noble (BKS) now finds itself the David to Amazon's Goliath. Can CEO William Lynch navigate the company and its well-received Nook readers to long-term success? The New York Times takes a look and also reveals that a new Nook is likely coming this spring. (The New York Times)

* Facebook could file to go public this Wednesday, raising some $10 billion at a valuation of between $75 billion and $100 billion. If true, Facebook's could be considered the largest tech IPO ever. (Fortune)

* Former Research in Motion (RIMM) co-CEO Mike Lazaridis on the challenging decision to step down from his role with the company after 27 years. Though Lazaridis is still on the company board and will chair the board's new innovation committee, he won't be involved in day-to-day operations. "Stepping aside, as a founder, after 27 years, I would be lying if I said that wasn't emotional for me, and for my whole family." he said. (The Record)

* Not everyone in Silicon Valley is benefiting from the tech boom. Some older tech professionals are finding it hard to get work as many rising startups simply focus on younger applicants or applicants with skill sets that better align with their needs. (The New York Times)

* Bill Gates on his complex relationship with Steve Jobs: "There was no peace to make. We were not at war. We made great products, and competition was always a positive thing. There was no [cause for] forgiveness." (The Telegraph)

* Thanks to husband and wife team Kate Imbach and Tom Conrad, Silicon Valley finally joined the "Sh*t [insert name] Says" viral video genre last week. But is the video accurate or off-the mark? You decide.

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JP Mangalindan
JP Mangalindan
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JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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